HC Deb 16 December 1999 vol 341 c241W
Mr. Lidington

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has to amend the guidance given in Circular 1/93 from his Department to local highway authorities about local speed limits; and if he will make a statement. [98729]

Mr. Hill

It is likely that the speed review that is due to report shortly will result in some changes to that guidance.

Duration Line Station(s) Reason
Since 1995 Central Ongar and North Weald Insufficient use to warrant remaining open
Since 1995 Piccadilly Aldwych Insufficient use to warrant remaining open
1995-April 1998 Northern Mornington Crescent Lift replacement
1995–98 East London Shoreditch, Wapping, Rotherhithe, Surrey Quays, New Cross and new Cross Gate Work to upgrade the line, improve the signalling and Thames tunnel
Early July-late October 1996 Northern London Bridge, Borough and Kennington Work on tunnel segments
November 1996-July 1997 Bakerloo Lambeth North Tunnel strengthening under the Thames
21–30 October 1999 Bakerloo Queens Park to Harrow and Wealdstone Track replacement (Railtrack work on Silverlink tracks that are shared with the Underground)
Spring 2000 Bakerloo Edgware Road Lift replacement
April 2000 (15 April-1 May) Victoria Pimlico, Vauxhall and Brixton Track works to replace life-expired cross-over at Brixton

The future closures are still provisional and subject to further planning and more detailed consideration. Major works which have only resulted in partial station closures or service disruption have been excluded.

Mr. Cox

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many escalators are not in use at London Underground stations, indicating the stations affected and the length of time escalators have not been in use. [101602]

Mr. Hill

This is an operational matter for London Underground. However, I understand that at 14 December 1999, 35 escalators out of 381 were out of service1,2.

These are as follows:

Date went out of service Station
13 July 1999 Baker Street
5 November 1999 Bethnal Green
2 December 1999 Bethnal Green